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12-16-2019 01:13 AM
HeavyTwo relax guys, I found the car he towed and achieved 16MPG with.

https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/a56...d&odnBg=ffffff


curiousgb, I kid man. If you got 15+ MPG towing a car, then you did real good. It probably possible if you stayed under 65MPH and real flat / down hill.

Most guys do not even get 16+ empty. I can get 18 city type driving and 23 highway, if I stay under 70. But, as soon as I hook, its 10 to 12MPG.
12-15-2019 11:13 PM
Jimmy N.
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Whatever floats your boat.
I could probably also come up with a one-fill 16 mpg average if I wanted to. In reality my average is around 10, if I'm lucky.

Then again, I do know that my trailers are back there.
12-15-2019 10:50 PM
curiousgb
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Must have been downhill with a tail wind all the way...


Whatever floats your boat.


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12-15-2019 10:38 PM
Ltngdrvr
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Did my first “tow”. Had to pull my mother’s Buick Lucerne a couple hundred miles on a car hauler. Didn’t even know it was there, and got a solid 16mpg (pencil). Love the CTD.


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Must have been downhill with a tail wind all the way...
12-15-2019 09:08 PM
curiousgb Did my first “tow”. Had to pull my mother’s Buick Lucerne a couple hundred miles on a car hauler. Didn’t even know it was there, and got a solid 16mpg (pencil). Love the CTD.


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12-10-2019 03:50 PM
Lins
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I get 8-9 mpg while pulling a 40 ft toy hauler. Like others have said, it's not so much the weight, but the wind resistance.
Yup, I got worse mileage towing this cargo trailer empty than our 27' TT loaded due to the front of our TT being slanted.
12-10-2019 01:46 PM
MajorMalfunction 42' 5th wheel travel trailer. 13'2" at highest point. Loaded about 13,000 lbs. Pulling with 2018 2500 with 3.42 gears. Anyone who drives with me can't believe how easy the truck pulls it into traffic and how good the ride is.

Regardless, I have a Flying J account card which conveniently bills me with exactly how many gallons I pumped and what location. Knowing the route of my trip and getting the mileage from Google Maps, I can easily calculate how many miles from each fill up after the fact. Going from NJ to Hagerstown, MD, I got 10.5 mpg. On a trip from NJ to Orlando and back, I got 10.38 mpg. I normally do anywhere from 65-70 depending on the traffic and terrain.

My MPG estimator in the EVIC is off 0.7-1.0 mpg it would seem.
12-10-2019 12:51 PM
Random2k I get 8-9 mpg while pulling a 40 ft toy hauler. Like others have said, it's not so much the weight, but the wind resistance.
12-09-2019 05:23 PM
Ltngdrvr @SeanDH76, look at those rounded corners on that trailer @Rodan pulls compared to the hard corners on that huge brick that you tow, that little bit makes a HUGE difference in how that trailer goes through the air. That is easily 1 to 2 MPG right there.

Better fuel economy can be had, but you'll have to slow down, trade trailers, trade trucks, only drive with a tail wind, etc. but you can't fight the laws of physics and win.
12-09-2019 04:14 PM
gsbrockman
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I really don't think that it matters all that much how long the trailer is, or isn't.

You still have a blunt nose that has to be pulled through the air, and the equally blunt end of the trailer isn't exactly helping, either.
Exactly.........
12-09-2019 03:51 PM
Jimmy N.
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My massive trailer BTW...
I really don't think that it matters all that much how long the trailer is, or isn't.

You still have a blunt nose that has to be pulled through the air, and the equally blunt end of the trailer isn't exactly helping, either.
12-09-2019 03:41 PM
SeanDH76 My massive trailer BTW...
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